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Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System

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The publication is an international standard on the design and operation of an efficient and accurate vital statistics system at national level. It provides guidelines on collection, compiling and disseminating vital statistics. More specifically it contains (a) basic principles for a vital statistics system; (b) uses of vital statistics and civil registration records; (c) topics to be covered in a vital statistics system; (d) sources of vital statistics and how they function; (e) quality assurance in the vital statistics system and (f) strategies in improving civil registration and vital statistics systems in countries. It also informs policy makers and the general public on the importance of vital statistics and hence further improving the vital statistics system.

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Preface

This, the third revision of Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, was submitted to the United Nations Statistical Commission at its forty-fourth session in 2013 and formally adopted at its forty-fifth session in 2014. It is the most recent in a series of updates of the principles and recommendations for a vital statistics system first published in 1953. The first revision was published in 1973; and the second revision was issued in 2001. The present set of principles and recommendations provides guidance on establishing a functioning system for collecting, processing and disseminating vital statistics; improving sources of vital statistics, primarily the functioning of the civil registration system and its components; and the role of complementary sources of vital statistics, such as population censuses, household surveys and public-health records.

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